Sunday, December 20, 2009

15 villages - including Yeolewdi, Ambegaon khurd, Mangnewadi, Holkarwadi, Avtade, Handewadi - demand water from Pune Municipal Corporation

"Our Resources Depleting Due To Urbanization"

If the civic body’s present water problems were not enough, around 15 villages, situated at the periphery, are demanding drinking water supply from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

At present, these villages fulfill their requirement for water through local sources. However, they say their water resources are depleting and so they have approached the PMC.

The demand was put forward at a meeting conducted at the Zilla Parishad (ZP) on Friday. Various issues pertaining to water supply and laying of new pipelines at the villages located in the fringe areas of the PMC were discussed.

An official from the ZP’s water supply department said, “More than 15 villages have demanded water. The village representatives said that their existing water resources are proving insufficient. They say that proximity to PMC limits has resulted in increase in migration and construction activities which has eventually increased pressure on their water resources.”

The chairman of the public works department of ZP, Sambhaji Holkar said, “Many villages are facing trouble in getting drinking water while the water sources at the villages are contaminated.

The problems need to be addressed before the summer begins. We will hold a joint meeting of ZP and PMC officials to resolve the issue. An extensive plan will be chalked out to upgrade water supply at these villages.”

Holkar suggested that these villages can get water from a canal that carries water from the Khadakwasla dam to Pune city. At present, the PMC is supplying water to 20 frings villages. The PMC has cut the water supply at some villages.

TOI- E-Paper

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